Black camera bags seem too be something of a staple in photography, with almost every manufacturer making them in the darkest of shades. That’s why it’s nice to see Lowepro trying on something a little more khaki with support for both laptops and cameras.

Lowepro’s Event Messenger is a new lightweight bag that throws in lens and camera compartments with padded support for tablets and laptops.

One thing to note is the colour scheme: it’s not black. Outside of Crumpler, we’re used to seeing lots of black in photography bags, and it’s nice to see Lowepro do away with that for a change. The khaki look is a touch more casual than the “professional” black colour scheme we’re normally carrying, even if Lowepro is calling it “mica”.

The Event Messenger 100 ($49) is the only model to miss out on a computer or tablet compartment.

There’s also a nice big flap covering the goods here, with velcro and a fastener helping that flap to remain secured when you’re out and about. If you need to take gear out in a quiet environment, though, the velcro can be folded back and the flap can fit over loosely, removing the annoying rip noise that velcro has.

The pricing on the bags matches the subdued look, with prices ranging from $49 to $79, values that shouldn’t put too much of a dent in the wallets of photographers. We know they have too much to spend their money on already, what with lenses and cameras and memory cards.